IT never turns down a good food post, especially if it involves Chi-Town . Escaping from the Uno/Lou Mitchell/Gino's trap, former intern Ali Busacca names a few lesser-known Chicago eateries (and a famous-for-a-reason pizza joint):
In a city known for its deep-dish pizza, I found a few other tasty, cheap eats, beyond the traditional 16-inch pie.
For great late-night takeout Try Express Carry-Out and Delivery (3555 N. Broadway; +1 773 549 7077), for everything from gyros and chicken souvlaki, to tilapia and ribs—all with a side of sweet potato fries, for less than $15.
For great Thai Go to Joy's Noodles in the Boystown neighborhood. Most dishes are less than $7 and portions are large.
For great atmosphere Take a picnic lunch to Navy Pier, and set up at the far end for a great view of the North Shore skyline. Getting there is a hike, but there's a free trolley that runs from the red line station at State and Grand.
And for great deep dish Check out Lou Malnati's. The best deal for an entire pizza is the 'Lou,' but if you want a smaller portion, a personal sausage or pepperoni pizza served with soup or a house salad is only about $6 before 2 p.m.